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København, Staden Kobenhavn, Denmark
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was lucky to find this farm by surfing in the internet. Im a cook and owner of a small restaurant, therefor I was looking for a cooking holiday not too "touristic" and really focused on food. My desire was satisfied. This place is the best combination of interesting excursions in Kerala "paradise" and well organized cooking classes. The owner...

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San Francisco, California
Reviewed January 14, 2017

I've started taking cooking classes when I travel, and as a practiced home cook, have high standards for a cooking class - I am not looking for demonstrations, or dishes catering to tourist palates - I want to learn about the regional dishes as locals prepare and enjoy them, and want a lot of hands on time with plenty of...

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Gothenburg, Sweden
Reviewed January 9, 2017

My sisters and I did the Curry Magic and had the most wonderful time. Jacob was a very generous and kind host and organized many interesting things for us to do in order to experience the real Kerala and the surrounding area. The cooking sessions were both fun and educational, and - above all - ultimately turned into delicious meals....

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Brussels, Belgium
Reviewed December 1, 2016 via mobile

Thank you Jacob for such a memorable 3 days! We came to Pimenta hoping to learn a few things about Indian cooking but ended up being fully immersed in the food and culture of the region. The Pimenta is a lot more than a simple cookery school and this is down to Jacob's flexibility and attentiveness. Nothing was ever too...

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Reviewed November 22, 2016

As a solo (female) guest I enjoyed immense hospitality. The dining experience of home cooked, fresh curry , simple and tasty , with others who went to learn how to prepare traditional dishes was both stimulating and relaxing. Our host Jacob, gave us opportunity to explore local trades and understand something of the community and region. My highlight was learning...

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Adelaide, Australia
Reviewed November 20, 2016

Lovely spacious room with a nice balcony looking out over the lush garden. Jacob organised some really nice trips to the outlying areas. Some quirky and off the beaten track experiences - I now know how rubber bands are made! Jacob taught me to cook some local Kerala dishes which I have cooked back here in Australia and my friends...

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Coolangatta, Australia
Reviewed November 9, 2016

We immediately felt at home in this paradise garden. It was obvious that jacob went to great effort to tailor the cooking program to our needs. We were always delighted and pleasantly surprised at the fruits of our labour in the kitchen. The recipes, ingredients, curries, chutneys and more all delivered a taste sensation that we loved. It was no...

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harithafarms, Owner at The Pimenta-Spice Garden-Bungalows-Cooking Holidays, responded to this review

Thanks a lot for the time and patience to review . Also appreciate the positive suggestions to make the property and service better . Really appreciate to point out the difference we offer .

Reviewed November 5, 2016

I had the most magical time staying at The Pimenta. I was in food heaven! Such a beautiful place to stay amongst the coconut trees. Jacob was so thoughtful and helpful. The food was amazing. Jacob selected and adapted recipes to cater for my vegan diet. He took so much time to explain the different ingredients, mostly locally sourced, with...

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harithafarms, Owner at The Pimenta-Spice Garden-Bungalows-Cooking Holidays, responded to this review

Thank you for the review. Appreciate your time and energy to do the same. We are really happy you make a review about our strength and weaknesses . Also appreciate that kindness to help a nice thing grow rather than pouring cold water over our enthusiasm. We will definitely walk forward by correcting us also in the fallen area ....

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed November 3, 2016

Jacob Mathew, who runs the Pimenta, is a committed foodie, obsessed by provenance and sourcing. He rails against the use of cassia bark rather than organic cinnamon. He reveals who supplies the only coconut jaggery worth using. He travels to Goa to source the right spices. His cookery courses reflect this obsession: they are didactic, detailed and hard work –...

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harithafarms, Owner at The Pimenta-Spice Garden-Bungalows-Cooking Holidays, responded to this review

Thank you very much for high lighting what we offer and appreciate what we are . Lot of positive suggestions and creative criticism bearing in mind that we have put lot of efforts to create this space for the travelers to enjoy and us to live by our passion and sustain us as well as the small providers around us...

Leicestershire, United Kingdom
Reviewed March 13, 2016 via mobile

What an amazing find... and the perfect introduction to our first trip to India. Jacob helped us out when two days before we were due to arrive in Kerala our accommodation plans fell through, and we were looking for somewhere a little bit unusual, rural but still comfortable - and ideally with amazing food. Pimenta was all of these things...

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harithafarms, Owner at The Pimenta-Spice Garden-Bungalows-Cooking Holidays, responded to this review

Thank you very much for the review on us . We will always keep this words in mind and strive to struggle to give the best from our side to a guest in our property and do it passionately

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Pimenta is small and just four one bedroom standard garden bungalows that can accommodate 8 people comfortably set up in a campus having six acres of land with lot of trees spices and coffee. A perfect balance between intimacy and privacy The property is conveniently located on a corridor connecting North to South and East to West in Kerala with accessibility to public transport, airport, bus station and railway stations . Taxis are also easily available to reach there or leave from there . Round the year for the exit and entry has no hinderances . Rooms have private veranda, hot water and ceiling fans . . All our rooms have insect proofing nets on windows and doors .The food served at The Pimenta is vegetarian. Vegan option also available WE offer different programs to the guests who would like to experience our property ranging from kerala rural experience to kerala cooking holidays. We can also to be at help to design a suitable travel itineracy for you beyond our property and only glad to share our experience in logistics and knowledge about the state . ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Pimenta-Spice Garden-Bungalows-Cooking Holidays

Address: Haritha Farms | near Vazhalulam (Pineapple City), Kadalikad 686670, India
Location: India > Kerala > Kadalikad
Price Range: $75 - $104 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
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“Ask Jacob for advice and he will suggest the most appropriate for you”
 of 5 bubbles foodfanatic100, Nov 5, 2016 | Read review
“There's only 4 bungalows so book well in advance”
 of 5 bubbles jennyk994, Mar 16, 2015 | Read review
“Just remember there is no A/C and no hot water in the bathrooms!”
 of 5 bubbles Texantraveler_009, Mar 29, 2013 | Read review
“All the rooms have privacy and charm, amid the food forest. But the real focus is the food.”
 of 5 bubbles YrrwA, Mar 25, 2013 | Read review
“No rooms is better than the other. They all have their own private porch,sleeping and bathroom. You are surrounded by natural plant life and wildlife up on the hill a minute away from the communal eating area”
 of 5 bubbles Archietew, Jan 20, 2013 | Read review
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